“Forced Entertainment” — a group of six artists from Sheffield, England— performs in Paris the complete works of Shakespeare using only the top of a table (October 11-20, 2018). “In Complete Works : Table Top Shakespeare” director Tim Etchells brings Shakespeare alive before our very eyes using a couple of square inches of bare table-top.
Each of the great English master’s thirty-six works is resumed in less than an hour. The approach is a highly informal one, with an actor manipulating everyday objects in the place of puppets. Where the prince usually sits, we find a vase. And the king and queen have been replaced by salt and pepper shakers. From “Macbeth” to “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” taking in Shakespeare’s lesser known works along the way, “Forced Entertainment’s” latest production summons up theatrical illusion with next to nothing calling upon the audience’s imagination.
“Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare. “October 11-20, 2018. In English with no subtitles. Festival d’Automne à Paris. Théâtre de la Ville – Espace Cardin, 1, avenue Gabriel, 75008 Paris